The state of Maine will move the deadline for receipt of Maine individual income tax filing and payments from April 15 to May 17 in alignment with the federal government’s recent extension of the federal tax filing and payment deadline. The Internal Revenue Service and Maine Revenue Services will provide formal guidance in the coming days.

Kirsten Figueroa, commissioner for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, said in a news release, “Maine Revenue Services continues to process tax returns and payments daily, and refunds are being issued promptly.”

Maine individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax, do not need to file any forms or call to qualify for the deadline extension. For individuals who file via Form 1040ME (Maine Individual Income Tax Return) for 2020, penalties and interest will not be applied for the period from April 16 through May 17.

Recipients of unemployment benefits may claim exemption from Maine income tax up to $10,200 for tax year 2020. This applies to those with an annual income of less than $150,000, regardless of filing status. Qualification criteria and tax forms are available at maine.gov/revenue. Low-income Mainers may call 2-1-1 or visit 211maine.org for assistance in identifying free tax preparation resources available throughout the state.

Jerome Gerard, executive director of MRS, said, “We stand ready to assist Maine people who may need to file an extension beyond May 17 or to discuss payment plans, and we encourage filers to reach out to us sooner rather than later to begin those conversations.”

The federal government’s extension through May 17 does not apply to corporate returns and payments, nor to individual and corporate estimated payments, all of which remain due on April 15. Maine’s deadlines for corporate and/or estimated filing and payments will also remain April 15.

Visit maine.gov/revenue for questions about Maine income tax.